This Week is Tactical and Turn-based

TODAY: Imagine running a bar under a sky the colour of television, tuned to a dead channel – Get tactical this week with two major turn-based strategy games — Mick Gordon is probably done composing for Doom

PS5 Reveal Next Month?

COVID-19 scuppered Sony’s plans to announce PlayStation 5 in May

Sony had apparently planned to reveal PlayStation 5 this May, but that nefarious microbe COVID-19 seems to have interfered with those plans.

The cancellation of E3 put a stop to a lot of marketing plans, but neither Sony nor Microsoft were planning to reveal their consoles there, opting instead for hosting their own events in May. Sony just started lifting the veil on PlayStation 5 hardware by revealing the new DualSense controller.

Going global: PlayStation boss Jim Ryan claims Sony is still going to launch the PlayStation 5 simultaneously world-wide, and presumably still plan to do it this year. The initial production run is smaller than many expected, comprising 5-6 million units for the first quarter.

Price war: Analysts believe Sony and Microsoft will launch their consoles at practically the same time, and that both will price their new consoles aggressively to come out on top. Loss-leading is nothing new: Xbox and Xbox 360 were both sold at a huge loss, while PlayStation 3 and 4 were sold at slightly under cost. The new consoles “…may end up at $450 even though they would lose money at that price,” said Damian Thong of Macquarie Capital.

Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?

How did you enter God mode in Doom?

  • IDDT

The answer will be revealed at the bottom of today’s issue. Join up with our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss what the answer could be.

Daily Fact

What’s the dystopian day-to-day like?

Sukeban Games’ alcohol-fuelled VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action from 2016 was inspired by musings about what day to day life would be like in a cyberpunk dystopia, and what kind of stories the average person on the street would tell.

What kind of lives do the nameless people lining the streets of Ghost in the Shell and Blade Runner lead? The bar scene in Blade Runner cinched it: The game would be about a gossiping bartender in a dystopian future.

Sukeban decided to go for a goofier and more lighthearted visual style, more along the lines of Bubblegum Crisis than the stone-cold bleakness of Akira.

Join up with our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss today’s fact.

Pokemon News and Events

More Psychic-type Pokémon, no anime

Psychic-type Training Event in Pokémon Masters until May 4th with a Sync Pair Scout allowing you to unlock Caitlin & Reuniclus, plus a Co-Op Battle Rally with 100 Co-Op Sync Orbs per day as reward.

Pokémon Go:

  • Buddy Up: April 2nd until April 27th
  • Community Day: April 25th from 11:00 until 17:00

COVID hits Pokémon: The studios behind the Pokémon anime has suspended production due to the COVID-19 pandemic. TV Tokyo will air re-runs until new episodes are ready for broadcast – and no-one knows when that will be yet.

Silver lining: Fortunately, Pokémon Twilight Wings is still keeping its schedule and the English translation of the fourth episode will air tomorrow, on April 21st.

This Week In Gaming

This Week in Gaming – Get turn-based and tactical

Not much releasing until Thursday and Friday this week.

XCOM: Chimera Squad is out, hot on the heels of its recent announcement, with Gears Tactics offering another helping of turn-based tactics the very next day. If you’re more into over-the-top fighting games, you can look forward to Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 for Switch instead.

Thursday – April 23

  • Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 – Road to Boruto launches for Nintendo Switch
  • Predator: Hunting Grounds launches for PC and PlayStation 4
  • Trials of Mana launches for PC, PlayStation 4 and Switch
  • XCOM: Chimera Squad launches for PC

Friday – April 24

  • Gears Tactics launches for PC
  • Sakura Wars launches for PlayStation 4
  • SnowRunner launches for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

What Else Happened Today?

  • New trailer for mobile NieR Re[in]carnation featuring over a minute’s worth of gameplay footage. No iOS or Android release date yet
  • Nintendo urges customers to use two-factor authentication after an uptick in unauthorised third-party logins prompts social media campaign to help users protect their accounts
  • Composer Mick Gordon doubts he’ll work on Doom again, after rumoured marketing interference sours relationship between the composer and Bethesda-owned id Software
  • Piko Interactive acquires rights for O.D.T.: Escape or Die Trying which could mean the cancelled Nintendo 64 version could finally be restored and released following the revival of platformer 40 Winks
  • Cyberpunk 2077 Limited Edition Xbox One X bundle announced featuring Xbox One X console and controller with custom design to be launched in June, three months ahead of the game

Esports Bits

League of Legends winners crowned

The League of Legends European & North American Championship 2020 Spring Split playoffs came to a close last night, with G2 Esports earning their 7th LEC title after defeating Fnatic 3-0 in the finals.

Cloud 9 also defeated FlyQuest 3-0 in the finals, earning their third trophy. According to ESCharts, the LEC attracted 813,000 viewers, the highest number yet for a spring final.

ESPN Valorant Invitiational today

ESPN are bringing together 8 professional teams from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends, Overwatch, Rainbow Six: Siege, PlayerUnknown’s BattleGrounds, Apex Legends and Fortnite for a Valorant invitational tournament.

Seven of the teams have been assembled from many of the best players from each game, while the last team consists of Valorant developers. ESPN will stream the tournament exclusively on Twitch from April 20th until April 22nd.

The ePremier League starts tomorrow

The Premier League is is hosting a FIFA 20 tournament this week, featuring representatives from all twenty Premier League clubs. Players like Raheem Sterling from Manchester City, Trent Alexander-Arnold from Liverpool and Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace will compete over a prize pool created by Premier League players that will by donated to the National Health Service.

Four matches will be played each day from April 21st until April 24th to decide which semi-finalists will duke it out in the finals on April 25th. The semi-finals and finals will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.

Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?

How did you enter God mode in Doom?

Answer: IDDQD!

Remember cheat codes? If so, you probably remember a few from Doom.

Each one began with the prefix ID (for id Software) followed by an abbreviation. For example, IDKFA was short for “Keys, Full Ammo” while IDCLEV stood for “Change Level”. But what about DQD? Apparently short for Delta-Q-Delta. What could that mean?

Legend has it that Dave Taylor, one of Doom’s programmers, had founded an informal fraternity called Delta-Q-Delta in college. The Q stood for Quit, and it was the grade that the fraternity members should strive for. Hard to imagine something like that making it through marketing these days.

Today’s issue of DailyBits was written by Simon Priest, Gavin Herman, Erlend Grefsrud, Christian Vaz and Jamie Davey.